The Ottoman Lieutenant

The Ottoman Lieutenant

DVD - 2017
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MPAA rating: R; for some war violence.
A beautiful, strong-willed woman leaves the United States after meeting a doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire, which is on the brink of World War I.


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Aug 10, 2018

Just a completely clunky and badly made movie at all levels. Wants to be a version of the English Patient but that would require better acting,writing and directing. There is a good deal of controversy around this movie about whether the producers of the film have made a piece of state propaganda whitewashing the Armenian genocide from history. A better(more truthful) take on the subject would be The Promise and Canadian Atom Egoyan's Ararat.

Feb 20, 2018

A story that we've a seen a hundred times before and mostly done better than in this movie. Also, I must disagree with other reviewers about the scenery. Usually the pristine beauty of the setting and landscapes provides a third member to the love story (the deserts in The English Patient or Queen Of The Desert, for example.) I don't remember many beautiful nature shots in this but I do remember a lot of crappy, war torn villages.

Jan 06, 2018

A very corny movie that relies totally on good-looking actors (NOT "good" actors) and beautiful scenery. Forget it...

Jan 04, 2018

Predictable tragic love story that was good. Enjoyed it.

Dec 28, 2017

Worth watching. This is pretty much a standard doomed lovers tale. It is set in Armenia just at the time of the outbreak of WWI. The period settings and costumes are very well done.
There are two things that make it worth watching. (1) The cinematography... incredibly beautiful grasslands and rolling hills of Anatolia are wonderfully photographed. (2) You get a bit of insight into the tensions between the Christian Armenians and the Muslim Turks, and the political situation at the beginning of the war that triggered the genocide. The violence depicted is not especially gross... comparable, I'd say, to an American western from the 1940s.


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